Field Arborist

A “Field Arborist” is a certified tradesperson who prunes and performs other work of Climbing Arborists on trees from a ground and aerial situation, including climbing and aerial bucket work. In addition, Field Arborists develop and implement Integrated Pest Management and Plant Health Care plans, develop tree preservation strategies, inspect sites and trees for damage and hazards, perform job estimating, tree inventories, and tree appraisals. They also prepare reports in the technical areas described above and perform supervisory duties. 

Program Updates:

Please note that the Field Arborist Program is not available for registration at this time.

Program Information

The documents below offer detailed information specific to this program.

  • Program Profile
  • Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification
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  • Program Outline
  • Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers
  • Download(PDF 1.11 MB)

Challenge Certification/Recognize Prior Experience

If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification.


If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.